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Heathrow plans new terminal for Olympics

Heathrow Airport has today unveiled plans to build a special £20M Games Terminal to handle extra passengers and baggage for this summer’s Olympics.

The new Games Terminal will be located on the south side of the airport between Terminal 4 and British Airways World Cargo, in an area currently being used for staff car-parking.

Heathrow Airport operator BAA is building the terminal to handle the extra passengers expected at the airport as a result of the Games. It will be the departure point for the 10,100 athletes anticipated on the day after the closing ceremony - 13 August – which is expected to be Heathrow’s busiest ever day, 35% busier than normal.

Consultant Mace is constructing with terminal, in assocation with architects Gebler Tooth Associates and temporary structures firm De Boer. Construction is due to begin next month and is due for completion at the end of May. It will then be dismantled after the Games.

Construction of the Games Terminal is part of a series of measures unveiled by BAA to cope with the extra traffic as a result of the Olympics. This includes offering check-in and baggage collection at the Olympic and Paralympic Village, making multilingual staff available for passengers and providing media facilities to enable journalists to file their stories.

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